Two B.C. homes for sale after city, land bank rehab project


Dillon Davis, Battle Creek Enquirer 12:06 p.m. EDT July 14, 2016

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113 N Wabash, Battle Creek

Two Battle Creek-area homes are for sale after undergoing renovations through a partnership between the city of Battle Creek and the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority.

The properties, which are owned by the land bank, are 113 N. Wabash Ave. and 140 N. McKinley Ave., both between Emmett Street and Capital Avenue N.E. The city oversaw the rehabilitation process with funding via the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

In a news release Thursday, Chris Lussier, the city’s community development manager, said the homes are “move-in ready” with new carpet, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The properties, Lussier said, have been rehabilitated “while still preserving the character and original woodwork of these homes.”

The single-family home at 113 N. Wabash, which is being offered at $72,000, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a finished basement, according to city assessing data. The other home, just a block away at 140 N. McKinley Ave. — listed at $65,000 — has three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. Both were built in 1920.

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The property at 140 N McKinley Ave in Battle Creek.

Both properties are for sale to qualified buyers at their appraised values. Offers are due to the city by 2 p.m. Monday, the city said.

Prospective buyers must provide “a letter of qualification by a mortgage lender and provide a minimum down payment of 3 percent of the sale price,” and must also attend a home buyer counseling program. Down payment assistance is available, but the buyer’s income needs to be documented as a part of any offer.

If more than one qualified offer is received for either home, the city plans to hold a random drawing at a public meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 302A in City Hall.

Those interested in the properties can contact Al Morehart of Troxel Realty, with whom the city has contracted for the project, at 209-5149 or at

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SOURCE: Battle Creek Enquirer